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THC-infused seltzers available in Colorado liquor stores

A new THC-infused seltzer is now available in Colorado and, in a departure from cannabis norms, locals don’t need to go to a dispensary to purchase it. That’s because Cann seltzers are made with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from hemp rather than from marijuana. In Colorado, marijuana can only be sold by heavily regulated dispensaries or recreational pot shops. But since hemp isn’t a federally controlled substance, products derived from it can be sold anywhere. In January, Cann launched one of…

Weed sales coming to Brighton for first time ever

The city of Brighton is about to get a little greener. This week, the Brighton City Council voted 7-2 to allow recreational marijuana shops for the first time. The council-approved ordinance allows for the establishment of four stores, with two of the licenses reserved for social equity applicants. Applications open March 1. This will be the first time Brighton, which is located primarily in Adams County, has ever allowed cannabis businesses within city limits, despite the fact that recreational weed has been legal in…

Bryn Spejcher Weed Killing Trial: What Happened?

It was a story straight out of Reefer Madness: A young woman smokes weed and proceeds to stab her date more than 100 times, killing him, before turning the knife on herself and her beloved dog. Tragic, stranger than fiction, and horrifying — the incident captured the headlines for its extreme violence. And, later, gathered even more attention when the woman in question was sentenced to only two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service.  Prosecutors argued that the horrific crime and its attendant…

Illegal marijuana grows spur carnage in Southern California deserts

In a desolate stretch of California desert off U.S. Highway 395, Franklin Noel Bonilla made one last desperate plea to save his life. “I’ve been shot,” he told 911 dispatchers in Spanish, according to authorities. “I don’t know where I am.” Officials tracked the coordinates of the phone call to a dirt road in the remote desert community of El Mirage, about 50 miles northeast of Los Angeles.There they made a horrific discovery: six men with gunshot wounds, four of them with severe burns, and two abandoned vehicles, one of…

Why can’t you use a credit card to buy weed in Colorado?

Americans are accustomed to using a credit card when shopping, especially when making online purchases. That is, unless, they are buying weed. Cannabis is among the country’s only industries that rely almost exclusively on cash transactions. Despite recent changes to Colorado laws that aim to modernize the customer experience, experts say it will take changes at the federal level before purchasing marijuana is as easy as checking out on Amazon. In 2023, legislators passed a bill that made it legal for dispensaries to…

Smoking Marijuana and Cigarettes Linked to Increased Lung Damage

New research indicates that smoking both marijuana and cigarettes significantly increases the risk of lung damage, challenging common beliefs about the safety of marijuana smoking. The study underscores the need for more research in this area to inform public understanding.According to findings recently presented at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting, combining marijuana and cigarette smoking could result in greater harm to the lung’s air sacs.Despite widespread beliefs that marijuana smoking is…

12 state AGs call for DEA to reschedule marijuana

A group of a dozen U.S. attorneys general, led by Colorado’s Phil Weiser, are calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration to reschedule cannabis. In a letter sent to the DEA on Friday, the attorneys general said they support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendation to reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III, citing public safety and advocating for legal businesses. Their pleas echo Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who in December voiced support for a federal rescheduling. Attorneys general…

10 years of notable events

It’s been 10 years since Colorado launched the first legal recreational marijuana market in the world and became a pioneer in drug reform. But when it came to the nascent industry, the first sales on Jan. 1, 2014, were more a starting block than a finish line. In the decade since legalization, Colorado has refined laws, catalyzed new ones and served as a litmus test for the rest of the country as states followed its lead. Today, cannabis is recreationally available for sale in 24 states — where more than half of Americans…

Colorado legal marijuana sales spurred new industry, inspired reform

The world’s first legal sale of recreational marijuana happened in Denver on Jan. 1, 2014. In fact, it happened twice. Mason Tvert was managing the onslaught of media that descended on the Mile High City to witness the historic moment, set in motion by the successful legalization campaign he’d led. So many camera crews and reporters showed up that morning that Tvert decided to rotate two groups through the dispensary’s sales floor — with each transaction billed as the first time anyone 21 or older could legally buy weed…